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Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 19

Ughhhh, I am so beyond irritated with the whole mortgage process. We found out today that our house was appraised at a lower value than the purchase price (about $20K lower), which basically means we’re paying $20K more for it than it’s objectively “worth”.

So now we have to pay the difference at closing, and since the mortgage is only for the appraised price, it doesn’t even count as a down payment. So we’ll just be an additional $20K out of pocket beyond what we’d planned for the down payment, and it doesn’t even help our interest rate at all.

Really really frustrating.

Anyway, back on topic. This is the fourth DETOX blend I’ve tried from PDT. I can’t say I’m terribly excited for it, but that’s not its fault – I’m just not a big fan of turmeric in tea.

It’s actually better than I expected. The turmeric is fairly restrained, which is nice change from other turmeric teas I’ve tried. It adds a nice earthy note without being overpowering and making my mouth dry. The black tea is very light for an Assam. I’m not sure I really get lemon, but I do enjoy the herbal flavor of the tulsi here and it really goes well with the turmeric. It’s almost lightly minty in flavor? I don’t have much experience with tulsi, so I’m not sure how it’s meant to taste.

Flavors: Earth, Herbaceous, Malt, Mint, Smooth, Spices, Tulsi

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

danmit that really sucks

Cameron B.

I know! I’m not sure why it should be my fault that the developer is overcharging me, LOL.

lizwykys

ugh, I’m sorry to hear that!

Nattie

Oh, no! The housing market is super depressing right now. ):

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Sil

danmit that really sucks

Cameron B.

I know! I’m not sure why it should be my fault that the developer is overcharging me, LOL.

lizwykys

ugh, I’m sorry to hear that!

Nattie

Oh, no! The housing market is super depressing right now. ):

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby-related things… ;)

~ 2022 SIPDOWN CHALLENGE! ~
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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I’ll also often use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, and honeybush. I love matcha and drink it often! Fruit tisanes are not a favorite, but I’m always willing to try them.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura, chamomile, and elderflower. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

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